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  1. Justifying Leontes

    The fact that nine months is the time from conception to birth, and Hermione is about to give birth, causes jealousy to begin to build in Leontes over his wife's relationship with Polixenes. In this scene, Leontes develops curtness in his tone towards Hermione and Polixenes that indicates his seething anger. For example, Leontes' first words to Hermione are, "Tongue-tied, our Queen?/Speak you." (1.2.35). Leontes' tone is rude and full of repressed venom; yet Hermione and Polixenes suspect nothing. Leontes jealousy is further justified when Leontes, Polixenes, and Hermione are talking in Act 1, Scene 2.

    • Word count: 635
  2. "Shakespeare presents the character of Paulina as nothing more than an interfering and loose-tongued woman.""Paulina is presented by Shakespeare as the voice of reason within the play."How can these views be justified in the text? What is your opinion of

    To make these claims to a king who has already made up his mind is arguably a very dangerous act and one that warrants a great deal of courage from the. Her loyalty to her friends is shown by her desire to save Hermione from Leontes' wrath; In actually going to the gaol herself we see the lengths she is willing to go to, to reverse this injustice. This trait of Paulina is further emphasised by the gaoler's response, when asked if he knows her, "for a worthy lady and one who much I honour."

    • Word count: 814
  3. What contribution does Paulina make to the concerns and effects of The Winter's Tale?

    When Shakespeare first introduces Paulina to the audience, she is attempting to visit Hermione in prison. Her great power is demonstrated as she intimidates the gaoler who eventually defers to her authority and allows her entry to see her "gracious queen". Shakespeare presents her as an honourable character as although she defies her king, she defends the honesty and honour of Hermione unquestioningly. She then goes to Leontes where we again see her great power and courage. Unlike most women of the time who should have served their husbands she makes her own decisions, saying, "trust it/ He'll not rule me" and as Antigonus tells Leontes, "When she will take the rein, I let her run/ And she'll not stumble".

    • Word count: 718
  4. Explore the relationship between Aurora and her grandmother Paulina del Valle in "Portrait of Sepia" by Isabel Allende

    The term "queen" suggests the unreachable distance between the grandparent and grandchild. Also, Paulina is described as an outstanding figure, individual from the rest of the world. "Beside her, the rest of the world disappeared. She had a beautiful voice, a great natural elegance, and white, even teeth, the effect of a perfect set of porcelain dentures" This description suggests that a great deal of respect is formed the first time Aurora meets her grandmother. Lastly, Aurora must have been curious and probably terrified since she hasn't seen anybody similar to Paulina before.

    • Word count: 879

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